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Tue 20 Jul by Mark Gleeson

Briefs

"If we had gone into half-time with a complete team then we could have tweaked a few things, but as it was with Happy's red card, you're going in and scrambling. It's a cup final, you can't go and play 4-4-1 and only defend, so we went with a 4-3-2 and brought in Khama, which was a gamble really because he's not played for so long. I think the goals we gave away were poor goals. If we defend properly and normally, then we can extend that time when they don't score and increase the frustration, and maybe get a set-play or counter-attack. But as it was, we gave away that first goal and then I've got to try and devise a way of getting people onto the field that can bring us back into the game. So, you're trying to hit the gas to the bottom, when you really need to put the hand-break on. The lads did unbelievably well to get to this final, so I think once the obvious disappointment of the defeat has settled they will get the credit they deserve."

Kaizer Chefs coach Stuart Baxter after the 3-0 defeat to Al Ahly.

 

"I want to give him life, I want to die for him. I said it four or five months ago, I said I prefer that he wins the Copa America before I do. And it's true. Just like every Argentine. The Brazilians, for me, wanted Argentina to win the Copa just because of Messi. And an Argentine isn't going to want Messi to win it? It happened and hopefully we can give him the World Cup."

Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez after his country beat Brazil 1-0 in the 2021 Copa America final through a first-half goal by Angel Di Maria.